Oh Christmas trees, oh Christmas trees

It’s considered to be unlucky if a Christmas tree isn’t taken down by 5 January, but don’t throw a real tree away – recycle it. Merton Council’s free Christmas tree recycling scheme will begin on 6 January 2005.

Residents and businesses do not need to make an appointment to take advantage of the scheme. They just need to remove the decorations and leave the trees out for collection at the front of their property (not on the pavement) by 6am on Thursday 6 January 2005.

A council waste services vehicle will be collecting the Christmas trees from every street in the borough and they aim to collect all the trees by the end of January. All trees collected will be recycled instead of being sent to landfill.

Christmas trees for collection must be visible from the road but must not be left on public land e.g. the pavement, verge, green or highway. Alternatively, residents with cars can take their tree directly to the Re-use and Recycling Centre in Garth Road, Morden.

Last year over 10,000 trees were collected and recycled in this way, weighing approximately 80 tonnes.

Councillor Linda Kirby, Merton Council’s Cabinet Member for Environmental Quality, said: “I strongly encourage all residents to take advantage of this free Christmas tree collection and recycling scheme. All tree’s put out on Thursday 6 January will be collected by the end of the month. Don’t let any trees go to waste this year.”

Resident’s who have not had their tree collected by the end of the month should call 020 8274 4902.

For further information regarding recycling or waste issues contact Merton Council’s on 020 8274 4902 or visit http://www.merton.gov.uk/recycling

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